An evenung walk on the pilgrimage path…. wondrous nature never seasing to surprise….. always giving new energy, again and again….. Our only duty is to come to meeting with it and walk….
I went for a walk on the path it was quiet around me some places stony moss carpet in-between the path turn around a stump careful… so you don’t stumble over a root.. The small miracle is happening: The stiff knee was getting softer The spine as well it didn’t ache like before I started walking
Four point four kilometre path is winding its way through the area called Målsnes forests……. The path is good for your foot to thread on. Quite a lot of trees were in the way and had to be cut down. Stumblestones are made into steps to make it easy to ‘climb’ the hilly sections. The path is marked with red ribbons and the Pilgrimage Balestrand symbol.It lies there for you to walk on!
Any path in the nature has to be waked on to make it good. Our Pilgrimage path will be better and better the more people walk on it. ‘Rome was not built in one day’… so is the case with our path as well. But Nature around is perfect! Come to Balestrand and become a Pilgrim!
When you visit Balestrand, and want to try this Pilgrimage, you can either ask in The Tourist Information for help to find us. The Golden House, our gallery and Pilgrim centre, is right around the corner….
This first Summer we will arrange for guided Pilgimages for groups on requests. We will take you to the medieval church on the Kvamsoy island.
A rainy day like this… thinking back to childhood Summer’s days. They were always filled with sunshine! ‘When Summer was sun’ is the title of one of my paintings; memories from Summer’s flower fields, blueberry tours! Rainy weather did not belong to life in those days, they were not in the calculation. Yet, they were there! They contained small drops that filled the holes in the sand on the road. We played with them; we jumped into the middle of them; O, you joy of childhood! We all have got our summers’ memories….filled by drops….
The small miracle in every single drop When sun beams come the drop shines with silver with a ring of gold and in the middle lies the source of all the colours Think of red and you se roses Think of blue you’ll see the ocean Think of yellow there come the buttercup Think of green the grass is growing Think of lilla and tones come to you In the drop lies within…
all the colours
It is a great honour for us, as the founders of pilgrimage Balestrand, to invite you to the very first Pilgrimage wandering, Olsok 2014! (‘Olsok’ is the old mass day for St. Olav, our patron saint from the catholic time. Many of these saints’s mass days we still celebrate.)
This is an historical event, and we hope that you and many with you will participate!
28th July: Arrival to Balestrand In the evening: Meeting with film, film og informasjon
29. juli Pilegrimsvandring til Kvamsøy Pilegrimsgudsteneste i Kvamsøy kyrkje Avduking av ‘skulpturen ‘Børtreet’ og signing av Børtrehuset
30. juli Pilegrimsvandring til Tjuatoten Alt. opplegg for dei som ynskjer ei mindre utfordrande løype
You are free to choose to participate in the main Pilgrimage to Kvamsøy.
Practical information about lodging:
Balestrand has many possibilities to choose among. Here is an oversite of the different alternatives:
Link to www.sjotun.com
Sjøtun camping is in walking distance from the express boat quay.
Link til www.booking.com/Midtnes–Hotel Midtnes is a family run hotel with rich traditions, 5 minute’s walk from the centre.
Midtnes hotell has given this special offer for pilgrims:
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Overnight stay in double room 2 nights
Included breakfast and lunch pack…………..NKr 1050,-
Addition for room with a balcony…………… NKr 200,-
Overnight stay in double room 3 nights
Included breakfast and lunch pack…………..NKr 1550,-
Addition for room with a balcony…………… NKr 300,-
Extra for single room per night pr. natt ….. NKr 200,-
Dinner after ordering in the reception: Price NKr 295,- pr pers. Is served at 19:00[/toggle]
Link til www.kviknes.no/ Kviknes is among the Historical hotels of Norway and is beautifully situated at the water fron of Balestrand centre.
Contact them for a special offer.
ENLISTING before 10th July Contact: Pilegrimsvandring Balestrand Bjørg Frøisok Bjøberg Fjærestad 44 6899 Balestrand Mob.: 915 62 842 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
With a kind reward from Bjørg og Arthur: Here they pose in the Viking Oak… The thousand Year Oak…. one of the attractions at the PIlgreimage path.
The help of sherpas would have been great here! Parts of the path have been callenging, indeed; some places the only possible trasee has been too steep to climb! I thought to myself; I had read about sherpas in ta neighbour village; If we only could have got them here. So I thought loudly, and Jørgen got a glint in his eye and a smile on his cheeks……did not say anything…….. Next time I went for a ‘pilgrimage wandering’ on the path, I became quite emotional; There was the stone stairs… and another one with solid steps to take you up to the top……
Oh, that magical man… with his helpers! Now also a sherpa! No problem! Here they are, four strong and cunning lads: Jørgen, Erik, Arthur and Yngvar, who in each their way do a great contribution for the PATH! They saw trees, clear away the branches, tidy up and find good bends to make it better for the foot to tread….
Inner strength If you have ice in your belly fire in your heart an aware eye and sharp sight If you also have got clear mind a fluent toungue and reward yourself some quietness for thinking Then you can move the mountain
With every great work you have to start small If you’ll climb a ladder you first enter the lowest step
Click ‘Open me’ then you’ll fint the ‘Programme for The first Pilgrimage in Balestrand…
…they were not followed by so many others….. warm weather… Now was the day and time for survey and some meditation on the pilgrim path! They have been clearing and together with Jørgen investigated about where the best trace would be …… Today Ingvar and Arthur were to show me the work the three of them had done. I could feel they were anxious and eager to hear my opinion. ….. IT IS GOOD!… The path turns around stones, creeps upwards on lingon clad slopes, twines around antiquated pine trees. Next the path climbs uphill on rounded big stones covered by moss and lichen…. soft and meak under your shoes….stones like memorial monuments give thoughts about those who were wandering underneath the same tree crowns as we are…. and saw the same fjord as we do. A small rippling brook gave accompaniment to my thoughts … it made me sing inside .. We have just been celebrating that our Constitution is 200 years.. in a service in the church, and the choir sang ‘Old Norway, up north, is the land of our heritage’ … with this in mind I become solemn and respectful to the nature where we are allowed to be pilgrims …..
Some stones are boundary markers that tell about the farm’s history Some stones are brick stones for stones walls around a field Other stones are in the brook and have got rounded shapes from joyful play with water Then there are the old roadside guard stones like lace edge
at the road Then tere is the stone you cannot
describe It is high or small knotted or smooth rounded or flat and you can not
be wrong when you see this one It is the resting stone for your lunchpack or your meditation ::::::
Merkesteinar har ein heilt spesielt definert funksjon (nedst på sida:’open me’). I denne samanhengen legger vi eit meir symbolsk innhald… ein stein som står for ei anna tid, å overskride ei grense i ditt eige sinn ….. ein overgang til ein annan sinnstilstand. Å gje seg ut på ein pilegrimssti…du går for rekreasjon, naturoppleving, finne deg sjølv, finne di eiga stemme, finne din plass i tilveret…. Vi har så mange grunnar for å gå… Vårt ønske er at alle som går, får ei oppleving av spesiell verdi.
Fortida talar til oss med mange stemmer Lytt! Minne frå vår eiga fortid gjer oss glade triste eller vemodige Av fortida skapar vi framtida i dag …
Rammeprogram for Olsokvandringa i Balestrand 28. juli: Du kjem til Balestrand og vi invitere til ei samkome med informasjon, film og musikkinnslag. Kaffe/ te/ noko å bite ti 29. juli: Pilegrimsvandring til Kvamsøy Pilegrimsgudsteneste i Kvamsøy middelalderkyrkje Avduking av skulpturen ‘Børtreet’ og signing av Børtrehuset 30. juli: Pilegerimsvandring til Tjuatoten Samlingsstund ved steinkrossen på topplatået 1098 moh Denne turen er for deg som likar å bryne deg på utfordrande terreng. Vi vil arrangere alternativ oppleving for deg som ikkje vil utfordre høgdene.
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Ofte er steinene lagt som siktstrekninger, og i hjørner av grensen. Helt fra de eldste norske lovene har vi strenge forbud og straffer mot å flytte merkesteiner uten at eieren ga lov til det.Merkesteiner kan ha en særegen form, og/eller ha figurmerker formet av streker malt på og/eller hogd inn i steinene. I nyere tid kan det være bolter satt i stein for å markere et målepunkt som er angitt i et målebrev for eiendommen.Merkesteiner er ofte særskilt omtalt og listet opp i eldre grensebeskrivelser for eiendommer i forbindelse med deling og utskilling av eiendommer fra et hovedbøle.[/toggle]
The pine barrens from my childhood villige … for me is connected to mysticism. It was early autumns on Saturdays. We (Mum!) made lunch pack with warm chocolate in a thermos bottle. The adults brought with them coffee … it smelled deliciously but tasted horrible! It did not look like much berries, though…. . rather sparse. But when I sit down and look underneath the green shiny lingon leaves, I find cluster with plenty of these delicious dark red berries ‘tyttebaer’. The colour play between the leaves and the berries… the reindeer moss and the pine trunks… is still with me… I got like a lunch pack for the life’s journey. What a treasure! And what a lovely evening … coming home to make ‘trollkrem’ (dessert with mountain cranberries, eggwhites and sugar)… silently listening to the ‘Children’s hour’ from the radio… What a richness…
A good while is the time you spent well The time you spent on thinking and put words to the thoughts together with friends or alone Thoughts about life well lived and life tomorrow Take time for quality whiles
Knowledge og life
Art of living is to ask the important questions of life And accept thar some questions don’t come with an answer
In wondering and expectation we start wandering Thouhts come whilst walking In everu step lie big mysteries hidden
the goal is new wondering at new wandering
The forest at the pilgrim path will give experiences to remember! Different trees, the woodland floor varies from rather stony terrain ….soft moss carpet to a ground with less plants, especially where the needle trees with more shadows …. You’ll find yourself surrounded by different kinds of warm demanding leaf trees, and the old fur trees are just exquisitePlease, come and see for yourself and experience nature from the Big Creator… Blessing for body and soul…the gift of being part of the nature and all it’s healing powers…
The first Pilgrimage Balestrand: Olsokday July 29th 2014
Please, mark the days 28.-31. July… to take part in the whole arrangement More information soon.
Follow the updated information on the home page www.detgylnehus.no Every new addition to ‘Pilgrimage news’ blogg will be announced via my Facebook profile: Bjørg Frøisok Bjøberg. Please contact me if you want any further information. Mob.: 0047 91562842
e-mail: email@example.com I will also invite you to be my friend on Facebook …
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A fellowship… a group of people working towards a joint goal… The goal is important for a good fellowship. All are equally important and worthful…… all can use their talents… and everybody gets support from everybody… Utopia?? We have to believe is is possible to have such a society! Pilgrimage fellowships have grown many places in the world… in the latest years new paths have been cleard, old carriage roads have been discovered and got renewed value. Pilgrimage destinations that are far away from the certificated pilgrimages are increasing here in Norway during the last 10 years. Kvamsøy island and its medieval church, the 1100 m high mountain Tjuatoten and The still water are among these.The closest we come is about 100 km away, to Lærdal in the eastern and Solund in the western direction. So here lies Balestrand in between these two places …. outside the pilgrimage tradition.
We are just in the beginning of creating a new tradition and piece by piece.. in some years we might have got a connected pilgrimage road from the very inner to the outer part of the longest fjord in the world. We are on the starting point of creating a new tradition, and gradually we will see a joint ‘Pilgrimage Sognefjord’ from Lærdal in east to the most westerlny piont of Norway, Solund…. Then it is no fault to be ‘n the ‘midway’… with Kvamsøy church from 1280! It stands as a representative of thew mid agse’s tradition og pilgrimage!
The view are enormous, and so they have to be, in order to reach new goals in the distance. But now…to the path! taht we now make ready and even…. like a famour tortoise in Aesop’s fables: metre by metre after metre………
«Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.»
Ode til vandringa
Gleden begynner innenfra Men en liten tur på stien kan hjelpe med å finne den indre tonen frå djupet frå sjela
Come with us on the first Pilgrimage wandering Balestrand
Olsokday July 29th 2014
Put marks in your agenda for 28th-31st Juli for the whole arrangement More information will come.
Keep an eye on the home page’s ‘Pilgrimage news’ !
Every new ‘Pilgrimage news’ will be announced through a link to my Facebook profile: Bjørg Frøisok Bjøberg.
Give me a hint if you want to get direct updates.
Tlf.: 91562842 e-mailt: firstname.lastname@example.org
..We can be friends on facebook as well…